It’s a well-known fact that Reading have one of the best youth academies in the country, and usually that leads to Premier League clubs sniffing around the Royals’ best prospects. Yet in the last few days, rumours have emerged that Arsenal are keen on appointing the man who runs the whole set-up in Berkshire - Lee Herron.
Both The Sun and The Metro have reported that the Gunners want to bring in Herron to assist Per Mertesacker in running their youth teams from 2018/19 onwards - the German defender will retire next summer and take up the role of academy manager.
If this were to happen then it would be a massive blow for the Royals, with Herron being a hugely influential figure in the progression of the club’s academy along with the likes of Nicky Hammond and Eamonn Dolan. Born in Reading, Herron first became involved with the youth set-up in 2001, and became academy manager following the sad passing of Dolan 15 months ago.
GetReading’s Jonathan Low claimed the deal was “close to being done”, whilst Jaap Stam said it was “something to worry about it” in today’s press conference.
Stam admits interest in Lee Heron and Liam Moore is 'something to worry about'. #readingfc— Courtney Friday (@ChronCourtney) December 20, 2017
Former GetReading man Charles Watts, now working as the Arsenal reporter for football.london, has claimed that Herron has agreed a move to North London to take up a ‘football operations’ position. This will see him organise the day-by-day agendas for the youth teams, including arranging fixtures and tournaments all over the world. Expect an announcement in the next couple of days.